The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved a special-use permit for a hops processing facility near Keene, Va. Greenmont Hopworks will dry and process the hops in a 10,000 ft2 facility that would include cold storage.

Fresh hops, which are quickly perishable, would be converted into dried hops that have a much longer shelf life. The company will be able to dry hops and return them to the original growers, or purchase the hops, process them and then store them on-site until they are needed. Hops are used as a flavoring and preserving agent in beer.